Karratha keen on hosting 2016 Cup
The Pilbara could have a chance to host the $175,000 18-carat gold Emirates Melbourne Cup trophy and racing identities in their towns and cities again this year.
Tenders have opened for the 14th annual Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour, which will see the coveted trophy travel across Australia and New Zealand, bringing communities together in celebration of the “People’s Cup”.
Karratha and Districts Chamber of Commerce and Industry was successful in their bid to bring the Cup to the City of Karratha last year.
Victoria Racing Club chief executive Simon Love said they were placing additional emphasis on visiting existing race meetings around Australia this year.
“Local race days are often such important events for communities,” he said.
“To celebrate our sport’s contribution across the nation, this year the VRC will look to support local races that coincide with the tour, as one aspect of the visits to those communities.”
Applications for the 2016 Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour are open to community groups, councils and racing bodies in rural and regional areas and capital cities, with the successful destinations announced in June 2016.
While on Tour, the Cup will be joined by a stable of racing legends, including notable Melbourne Cup-winning owners, jockeys, trainers, fashion identities and officials, who will share personal stories of triumph and victory from their illustrious careers.
The Tour will officially start its journey in July 2016, before returning to Melbourne for the running of the 156th Emirates Melbourne Cup on the first Tuesday in November.
Tenders can be submitted at melbournecuptour.com.au by 5pm April 11.